Blue Alert

​A Blue Alert is activated when a violent attack on a law enforcement officer has occurred and poses an imminent threat to law enforcement or the general public.  Blue Alerts provide immediate information to the public to prevent further harm and aid in the swift apprehension of the suspect. ​ The California Statewide Blue Alert program was introduced through Senate Bill 839 and became law in 2011 by adding Section 8594.5 to the California Government Code.  

​Blue Alert Criteria

In order for a Blue Alert to be activated, the following criteria must be met (Government Code section 8594.5):
 

1.       A law enforcement officer has been killed, suffers serious bodily injury, or is assaulted with a deadly weapon, and                     the suspect has fled the scene of the offense,

2.       A law enforcement agency investigating the offense has determined that the suspect poses an imminent threat to the

           public or other law enforcement personnel,

3.       A detailed description of the suspect's vehicle or license plate is available for broadcast,

4.       Public dissemination of available information may help avert further harm or accelerate apprehension of the suspect. 

 

​What should the public do?

Every member of the community can play an important role in a Blue Alert.  If you have information about one that has occurred, call 911 immediately to report it.  Be safe and keep your distance.  Be prepared to provide the location, direction of travel, any relevant descriptions, and the make, model, color, and license plate number (if possible) of any vehicle involved.  Even the smallest piece of information can help keep the public safe and apprehend the suspect.

 

 

​Click on the buttons below to learn more about each alert and the program 


 AMBER Alert
 Blue Alert
 Silver Alert  Success Stories
Wireless Emergency Alert 
Endangered Missing Advisory 
State of California Missing Person Alert Plan 


 

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